Meanwhile the Standard’s sport department reckon that Roy’s taken a leaf out of Sir Alex Ferguson’s book and started to employ mind games as the race for a European spot heats up.

Honestly, I can’t find anything all that objectionable in what Hodgson says.

West Ham are still doing well, and Manchester City with the players at their disposal and Tottenham, they should be nourishing the ambition of finishing seventh with the investment they’ve had.

His trademark caution shines through when discussing the prospect of actually making it into Europe, though.

If we get into Europe there’d be no question of me suggesting we need seven or eight top-class players and £40million of investment because I know it’s an unrealistic demand.